visual collage with the best scenes from the Cyberpunk Aesthetic Movies

After the success (yes, it was a success!) of the Cyberpunk 2077 game, the cyberpunk genre put us under the charm of futuristic technology, dystopian societies, and thought-provoking narratives, creating a visually stunning and intellectually stimulating experience. For today's compilation, I've gathered up the 10 best cyberpunk aesthetic movies that not only captivate the eye but also make you think deeply about the future. These films are a testament to the enduring appeal of cyberpunk in the realm of science fiction. Happy marathoning!

  • Blade Runner (1982)

Ridley Scott's "Blade Runner" is often considered the quintessential cyberpunk film. Set in a dystopian, rain-soaked future Los Angeles, the film follows Rick Deckard, a "blade runner" tasked with hunting down and "retiring" rogue replicants—bioengineered humans. "Blade Runner" is a visual masterpiece, with its neon-lit cityscapes and a haunting score by Vangelis that set the tone for the cyberpunk aesthetic. Well, this movie is something I constantly re-watch while applying my Cyberpunk 2077 makeup look

  • Fifth Element (1997)

I was around 10 when I saw this movie for the first time. Fifth Element is a French sci-fi with a Holywood approach directed by Luc Besson. The film stars Bruce Willis, Milla Jovovich, Gary Oldman, Ian Holm, Chris Tucker, and Luke Perry. If you love cyberpunk aesthetics, flying cars, and ancient premonitions, and (for some strange reason) haven't seen Fifth Element – go watch it right now!

  • Total Recall (1990)

Set in a dystopian society where a conglomerate controls life on Earth and colonization of Mars is underway, the film centers around Douglas Quaid, a construction worker who decides to indulge in a virtual vacation by implanting artificial memories into his mind.

actress Bridget Moynahan in I, Robot movie
Bridget Moynahan in I, Robot

  • I, Robot (2004)

I love everything about this movie! It perfectly fits in with the Alien's, Blade Runner's, and even Fifth Element's universes! The film is set in a future where robots are commonplace and are governed by the Three Laws of Robotics. However, Spooner believes that one of the robots is responsible for the murders, and he must race against time to stop it before it can kill again. While it is not a perfect film, it is a solid entry in the cyberpunk genre and is worth a watch for fans of the genre.

  • The Matrix (1999)

"The Matrix" directed by the Wachowskis is another iconic entry in the cyberpunk genre. This film introduces us to a world where reality is an illusion, and humanity is imprisoned by sentient machines in a simulated reality. The protagonist, Neo, played by Keanu Reeves, is awakened to the truth and joins a group of rebels to free humanity from this digital prison.

  • Minority Report (2002)

Minority Report is inspired by a story by Philip Kindred Dick, and takes us on a journey into a future where a specialized police unit called PreCrime utilizes psychics known as "precogs". They predict and help to prevent future crimes from occurring. While the film is a gripping thriller filled with action and suspense, it goes beyond the conventional boundaries of the cyberpunk genre by delving deep into the ethical implications of technology that can seemingly predict the future.

  • Ghost in the Shell (1996)

"Ghost in the Shell," directed by Mamoru Oshii, is a Japanese anime classic that has had a significant influence on the cyberpunk genre. Set in a future where cybernetic enhancements are commonplace, the film follows Major Motoko Kusanagi, a cyborg police officer, as she investigates a hacker known as the Puppet Master.

Keanu Reeves in Johnny Mnemonic
Keanu Reeves in Johnny Mnemonic

  • Johnny Mnemonic (1995)

Year 1995 gifted us with the movie Johnny Mnemonic directed by Robert Longo. Moview based on a short story by William Gibson, is a cyberpunk classic that offers a glimpse into a dystopian future where technology and information are the most sought-after commodities. Released in 1995, the film is set in the not-so-distant future of 2021 (a date that has now come and gone), making it all the more intriguing to revisit.

  • Akira (1988) 

Katsuhiro Otomo's "Akira" is a visually stunning anime that immerses us in a post-apocalyptic Tokyo. The film grapples with themes of power, government control, and the destructive potential of technological advancement. Its striking visuals and complex narrative make it a must-watch for cyberpunk enthusiasts.

  • "Demolition Man" (1993)

Let's wrap up the list with the "Demolition Man," directed by Marco Brambilla. While not strictly cyberpunk, this movie offers a satirical and often humorous take on the genre. Set in a seemingly utopian future where crime has been eradicated, the film explores the consequences of extreme law enforcement measures and the sanitization of society. 

In this world, the protagonist, John Spartan (played by Sylvester Stallone), is a cop from the past who is thawed out of cryogenic freeze to apprehend a dangerous criminal, Simon Phoenix (Wesley Snipes). The film presents a stark contrast between Spartan's old-school, rough-and-tumble approach to law enforcement and the highly controlled, politically correct society of the future. 


The allure of the cyberpunk aesthetic lies in its ability to transport us to a future where the boundaries between human and machine, reality and simulation, are blurred. The 10 films mentioned above not only excel in their futuristic and sci-fi visual elements but also compel us to think deeply about the implications of our technological pursuits. From questions of identity and consciousness to the consequences of unchecked technological advancement, these movies challenge our perceptions of the future.

In the end, the best cyberpunk aesthetic movies do more than just entertain; they inspire contemplation and introspection. They beckon us to consider the path we are on and whether the world they depict is a future we want to embrace or avoid. So, as you dive into these cinematic journeys, prepare to be mesmerized by their visual splendor and, more importantly, challenged to think deeply about the world that may await us.